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Date Details
1881 Born
1906 Geologist
1920 District Geologist
1931 Assistant to Director
1935 Director
1927 Bigsby Medal
1935 Fellow of the Royal Society
1935 Bolitho Medal

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

1935 Bernard Smith, Director From: Bailey, Sir Edward. Geological Survey of Great Britain. London: Thomas Murby, 1952.

Dr. Bernard Smith and the Geological Survey. Nature 136, 96 (1935). https://doi.org/10.1038/136096a0

Fearnsides William George. Dr. Bernard Smith, 1881 - 1936 Obit. Not. Fell. R. Soc. 1936. 2 239–249. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsbm.1938.0004

Bernard Smith (1881-1936), Director of Geological Survey of Great Britain and Museum of Practical Geology National Portrait Gallery

Smith, Bernard 1937 QJGS 93

Publications[edit]

Works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

Survey publications[edit]

Lamplugh, G.W. ; Smith, B. ; Mill, H.R. (1914). The water supply of Nottinghamshire from underground sources. (Memoir (Water Supply) Geological Survey of GB). London : HMSO.

Maps[edit]

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1913). Sheet 5 NE - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1913). Sheet 5 NW - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1913). Sheet 5 SE - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1913). Sheet 5 SW - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1915). Sheet 6 SW - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. ; Wills, L. J. (1912). Sheet 8 SW - Merionethshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Merionethshire ). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. ; King, W.B.R. (1919). Sheet 10 NW - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1919). Sheet 10 SE - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1919). Sheet 10 SW - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1915). Sheet 11 SW - Montgomeryshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Montgomeryshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1906). Sheet 12 SW - Leicestershire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Leicestershire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Lamplugh, G.W. ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 14 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 15 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 15 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Lamplugh, G.W. ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 19 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Lamplugh, G.W. ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 19 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 20 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 20 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 20 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 21 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 21 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 24 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 24 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1905). Sheet 25 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 25 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 25 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 25 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1908). Sheet 26 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 29 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 29 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. ; Wilkinson, S.B.N. (1907). Sheet 29 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. ; Wilkinson, S.B.N. (1907). Sheet 29 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 30 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 30 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 30 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1907). Sheet 30 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 31 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1909). Sheet 31 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1906). Sheet 47 NE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1906). Sheet 47 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1906). Sheet 47 SE - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1906). Sheet 47 SW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

Geological Survey of Great Britain ; Smith, B. (1906). Sheet 51 NW - Nottinghamshire. (Geological Survey of England and Wales 6 inch [1:10 560] county series - Nottinghamshire). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

External publications[edit]

Smith, B. The Upper Keuper sandstones of east Nottinghamshire. Geological Magazine Decade V, vol.VII, no.VII 1910 p.302-311 ; p.302-311.

Smith, B. (1916). Ball or pillow-form structures in sandstones. Geological Magazine Decade VI, v.III, no.IV 1916 p.146-156 (1916) ; p.146-156.

Smith, B. ; Warke, P.A. ; Geographical Association ; British Geomorphological Research Group (2001). Classic landforms of the Antrim Coast. (Classic Landform guides). Sheffield : Geographical Association.

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DR/Ft/A/2 Correspondence on range of issues: letters to Bromehead, C.Davidson, H.Dewey, Fairley, A.Geikie...
GSM/DR/Sb/8/3 Publications The Pleistocene History of the West Midlands by Prof L J Wills; "Note on the water supply of Uriconium" by R W Pocock; "A Guide to the Roman City of Uriconium" by George E Fox; "The Geology of South Shropshire" by W W Watts; "Lead and Zinc Ores in the Pre-carboniferous Rocks of West Shropshire and North Wales" by Bernard Smith and Henry Dewey
GSM/DR/Sm Bernard Smith Bernard Smith was born in Grantham on 13 February 1881. In 1900 he went to Sidney Sussex College...
GSM/GL/Bm/1 Correspondence: letters to H.A.Allen, R.Crookall, J.S.Flett, J.A.Howe, F.L.Kitchin, W.F.P.McLintock, J.Pringle, B.Smith and C.J.Stubblefield. Some letters to Bromehead.
GSM/GL/De/5 Correspondence: letters to C.H.Dinham, F.L.Kitchin, B.Smith, C.J.Stubblefield, H.A.Allen.
GSM/GL/Ho/10 Correspondence: letters to C.H.Dinham, Kitchin, G.H. Mitchell and B.Smith
GSM/GL/Wr/36 Letters From F L Kitchin to W B Wright 71-79 letters; 1 letter from F L Kitchin to [?B] Smith; 1 list of text figures from W B Wright's paper on Freshwater Fauna
GSM/GL/Wr/43 Letters From B Smith to W B Wright
GSM/GL/Wy/1 Correspondence; letters to Chatwin, Eastwood, Kitchin and B.Smith

Bernard Smith[edit]

Bernard Smith was born in Grantham on 13 February 1881. In 1900 he went to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and gained a first in both parts of the Natural Sciences Tripos. In 1904 he was appointed University Demonstrator in Geology. Smith joined the Survey in 1906. He was promoted to District Geologist in 1920, became Assistant Director in 1931 and Director in 1935 on the retirement of Sir John Flett. Smith completed less than one year as Director and died at Hove on 19 August 1936 at the age of 55.

Bernard Smith as Director of the Survey[edit]

Extract from: From: Wilson, H.E. Down to earth - one hundred and fifty years of the British Geological Survey. Edinburgh:Scottish Academic Press, 1985. [In all directions: developments under Sir Henry's fourteen successors In all directions: developments under Sir Henry's fourteen successors]

Flett retired after the opening of the new Museum and the centenary celebrations and was succeeded by Bernard Smith (1881-1936) who had been on the staff since 1906. Poor Smith lasted only ten months before dying suddenly in August in 1936. He was remembered with affection by those who knew him as a pleasant, unaffected man, a good geologist who ruled the post-war ex-servicemen in the Whitehaven office with a rod of iron. He joined the Survey 'with no thought of promotion' and when he was Director he told C. J. Stubblefield, then on the Council of the Geological Society, that he did not wish to be President of the Society while he was Director. His sudden demise was a great loss to the Survey.

After a period when McClintock acted as locum, Smith was succeeded as Director by E. B. Bailey, who had been in the Scottish office for thirty years but had left for the Chair of Geology at Glasgow University in 1930.